Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies

Contact Details

Departmental Coordinators:
Ms Alex Lopez Alvarez
Ms Clare Szembek (Mon-Wed)
tel: 020 7679 3109
ext: 33109

Head of Department:
Dr Humberto Núñez-Faraco
tel: 020 7679 4332
ext: 34332

Dr Claire Lindsay

Claire Lindsay (MA, PhD) is a Reader in Latin American Literature and Culture. Before joining UCL in 2006, she taught at the universities of Aberdeen and Stirling and at Goldsmiths’, University of London. She teaches undergraduate courses on Latin American women writers, Latin American cinema and, at MA level, on the Mexico-US border. She also teaches an Advanced ELCS module called Writing Shame.

Her research interests are nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American literature and culture, Latin American cinema, comparative literature, and travel writing.

She is the author of Locating Latin American Women Writers (Lang, 2003) and Contemporary Travel Writing of Latin America (Routledge, 2010). She is co-editor of special journal issues on travel and its narratives in Spain and Spanish America of Studies in Travel Writing (2003) and Tesserae: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies (2006) and she recently edited a book of essays called Traslados/Translations: Essays on Latin America in Honour of Jason Wilson (Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2012). She has published widely on gender and writing in Spanish America, especially in the context of Colombia, as well as on travel (on, among other subjects, the work of Bruce Chatwin and Frances Calderón de la Barca). 

She is currently working on two projects. The first, funded by the British Academy and a Harry Ransom Research Fellowship, is a study of travel magazines in Mexico (1955-71). This project is concerned with the ways in which illustrated magazines functioned to sustain and/or disrupt the 'tourist gaze' through word and image during that period of rapid modernization in Mexico. The second project is an enquiry into articulations of shame in Argentine culture and literature.




Tel: +44 207 679 2757 (internal x32757)
Fax: +44 207 679 2297